Best synth basslines of all time?

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby machinea » Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:04 am

I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned though it is a sample from Meat Beat Manifesto"s Radio Babylon. First heard this in a club and felt like my head blew out the back and across the wall.
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As much as I love synths my favorite basslines are still played by bass though I love Yaz - Situation and Yello - I love you

Bill Nelson - Tender is the Night
Gang Of Four - Is it Love
King Crimson - Sleepless
Talk Talk - It's My Life
Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
P funk - hydraulic pump
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby garranimal » Sat Dec 26, 2015 10:36 pm

Keep that bass thead going. Here's a cool, really weird bass line from TRS-80 starting at 0.28
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby thefonz003 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:45 pm

machinea wrote:I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned though it is a sample from Meat Beat Manifesto"s Radio Babylon. First heard this in a club and felt like my head blew out the back and across the wall.
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Other favs
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As much as I love synths my favorite basslines are still played by bass though I love Yaz - Situation and Yello - I love you

Bill Nelson - Tender is the Night
Gang Of Four - Is it Love
King Crimson - Sleepless
Talk Talk - It's My Life
Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
P funk - hydraulic pump



On that note, what's the bassline from "It's My Life" from? IIRC it sounds kind of DX-ish and it's about the same time frame...
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby Music Bird » Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:13 pm

This song which the bass was from a Polymoog.
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby gcoudert » Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:17 pm

thefonz003 wrote:On that note, what's the bassline from "It's My Life" from? IIRC it sounds kind of DX-ish and it's about the same time frame...


It's a bass guitar played by Paul Webb. Check out a live version (e.g. the one in Montreux).

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby thefonz003 » Tue Dec 29, 2015 5:45 pm

gcoudert wrote:
thefonz003 wrote:On that note, what's the bassline from "It's My Life" from? IIRC it sounds kind of DX-ish and it's about the same time frame...


It's a bass guitar played by Paul Webb. Check out a live version (e.g. the one in Montreux).

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Huh. Sometimes it's the most obvious answer, I guess.
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby garranimal » Tue Dec 29, 2015 7:59 pm

Devo had a really fantastic, punchy bass sound I really like on Whip It.
The live clip I'm convinced is a Minimoog with the panel down, it's getting the job done.
On the recorded version, SOS says it was a custom made mystery Moog called the Devobox. Wiki says it was (edit) 6-oscillator(end edit). Was this a modular system? Can't find any resources of said Devobox.
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby Micke » Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:48 pm

Afaik it was a stock Minimoog on "Whip it". According to Gerald Casale who was their bass player they used the custom (6-VCO) double-minimoog starting on "New traditionalists" on most of the songs. It's all over "O No It's Devo" too. It was basically a keyboard controlling two (keyboardless) Minimoogs.
They also had an early Minimoog (which had been modified with reverse sawtooth wave/ramp) which they used with a SCI model 700 programmer and a EML Polybox. I believe they
used that one for the bass lines prior to getting the double-mini.
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby garranimal » Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:12 pm

Ah, double the Moog mojo - thanks!
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby gcoudert » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:54 am

I was recreating this the other day for my 80s covers band and thought I quite liked the synth bass line, which I assume was played on a MiniMoog:

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby Jabberwalky » Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:58 am

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Love this sort of slow and heavy chorused bass from a Dx7
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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby gcoudert » Sun Jan 03, 2016 4:06 pm

Imagination's "Just an illusion", if it hasn't been mentioned yet.

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby recordbot » Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:32 am

snap, that reminds me of Imagination Music & Lights

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby V301H » Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:11 am

This Isley Brothers groove first caught my attention in 1975. A small bit of it is being used at the beginning of a recent Nepresso commercial and I recognized it right away.

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Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Postby Phil303 » Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:13 pm

gcoudert wrote:Imagination's "Just an illusion", if it hasn't been mentioned yet.


This. Absolutley gorgeous and played by hand on a Roland SH0002 I think. For years I thought it was a 303 used properly with some chorus but no, it's not.

Also almost any Rod Argent song, especially Boogie Nights.
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